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Pre-Conference Workshops

Saturday, Oct 28 from 8 - 11am Central

ALSN will offer 2 pre-conference workshops on Saturday morning


  • Member: $165
  • Non-Member: $175

Registration includes breakfast and coffee/tea. Click below for more information!

Workshop 1: Improving Nurse Well-Being: The Workforce Engagement for Compassionate Advocacy, Resilience, and Empowerment (WE CARE) Program

This workshop will review the basic structure and guiding principles of our program, developed by and for nurses to address the moral distress, burnout, and accumulated stressors exacerbated by the COVID-10 pandemic. Our certified Nurse Professional Development Specialists for Wellness will teach participants to use one element of our program, Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® and allow them to practice the skills associated with this brain-based method.

Learner Objectives:

  1. State the rationale for the structure and guiding principles of the WE CARE Program.
  2. Apply the basic skills of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®   through didactic and experiential learning techniques.
  3. List resources for Psychological First Aid Training and Peer Response & Support Programs, e.g., RISE.
  4. Discuss sustainability of wellness programs.


  • Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Toni Beam, MSN, RN
  • Joseph Travis, MSN, RN
  • Dana Morson, MSN, RN
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama, joined the UAB faculty in 2008 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, retiring as Colonel. In the military, she held positions as staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, LPN instructor, and CE Administrator. After earning her PhD, she was Nursing Research Director at Walter Reed Army Medical Center followed by Chief, Department of Nursing Science at the Academy of Health Sciences. At UAB she teaches/mentors students in the PhD and Executive DNP Programs. She conducts research on nursing’s contributions to patient safety and quality care outcomes. The recipient of over $12M in federal grants, she is currently working on projects evaluating the impact of the pandemic on the nursing workforce and on patient care, as well as interventions to assist in the post-pandemic psychological recovery of nurses. Dr. Patrician Co-Directs of the VA Quality Scholars program at the Birmingham VA site and mentors post-doctoral nurses, physicians, and pharmacists in quality improvement and improvement science activities. She has co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Patrician earned a BSN from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; MSN (Critical Care) from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Toni Beam, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Nurse Wellness Manager for the WE CARE team, joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing after 12 years of frontline nursing care. Throughout her career, she has held a number of positions including staff nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, and Nurse Manager. Caring for those that provide patient care has become her passion through work in leadership and now the WE CARE grant. It is vitally important to Toni that healthcare workers, especially nursing teams, are well in mind, body, and spirit. Toni Beam earned her BSN from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama; MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Joseph Travis, MSN, RN-BC, began his nursing career working at UAB where he became board-certified in medical-surgical nursing and has also practiced as a family nurse practitioner in rural Alabama.  He is the recipient of the 2018 Clinical Nurse Excellence Award, awarded by UAB Medicine.  He currently works on a HRSA grant dealing with nursing burnout for the UAB School of Nursing.

Dana Morson, MSN, RN, started at UAB as a staff nurse on the neurosurgical step-down unit in 2014. During her time there, she obtained a master’s in nursing in 2017 with a family nurse practitioner specialty. She then transitioned to practice as a nurse practitioner in the vascular neurology clinic of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB from 2017-2022. She briefly practiced as a nurse practitioner at CoreLife Healthcare in Alabama in 2022. She is presently an NPDS in the WECARE program with UAB School of nursing. 

Workshop 2: From Practice to Politics: Developing Political Competence to Advance Nursing

This workshop will provide an overview of the legislative process and identify ways to develop political competence to advance nursing. 

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe state and federal legislative process. 
  2. Describe factors that influence policy and politics. 
  3. Describe political competency and its role in advocacy and policy. 
  4. Translate political competency into the nursing environment.


Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Legislative Fellow with Representative Lauren Underwood
Washington, DC

Eileen S. Meyer, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, LSSGB
Assistant Direct of Advanced Practice Providers
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing - UAB Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama

Lindsey Harris began her nursing journey as a student-athlete at Samford University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Business.  Harris later received her MSN with a concentration in family practice and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Dr. Lindsey Harris holds a faculty appointment with the UAB School of Nursing. Harris is the first person of color to serve as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association in 107 years. Harris advances the organization’s mission to promote nursing excellence and the vision of being the professional voice of registered nurses. Lindsey is actively involved in working within the community as the past President of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association Inc. She is also a member of the Hispanic Nurses Association, Philippine Nurses of Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Dr. Harris was awarded the Advanced Practice Nurse and Staff Nurse of the Year awards by the National Black Nurses Association. She received the Living Legacy and Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year awards from Samford University. UAB School of Nursing awarded her the Joann Barnett Compassionate Care Award, and in 2021 recognized her with the 70 Visionary Leader Award. Dr. Harris is now completing a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Health Policy.  As a public servant in the House of Representatives, Harris serves as a Legislative Fellow in Representative Lauren Underwoods' office working towards advancing women’s health equity worldwide.  

Dr. Eileen Meyer is a two time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing (SON) where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing in Acute and Continuing Care Nurse Practitioner in 1997 and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2017. Dr. Meyer is currently enrolled in the Texas A & M University School of Law Master of Jurisprudence with an emphasis on Health Law, Policy, and Management. Dr. Meyer was Lead Nurse Practitioner of UAB Medicine’s Acquired and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Division until 2017. In 2015, Dr. Meyer began her role as the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers at UAB Medicine and has been instrumental in developing and supporting Advanced Practice Providers. Dr. Meyer is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UAB SON with an interest in Health Policy and Politics in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Meyer’s has served on numerous academic, professional, and state committees whose focus is advanced practice.  She served as Vice President of Policy and currently is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama. Dr. Meyer has been involved with previous and recent legislation removing barriers to advanced practice. Dr. Meyer developed numerous procedural protocols for NPs that were adopted on a state level and has been instrumental in expanding Alabama Medicaid inpatient billing codes and procedural billing codes. Dr. Meyer has been recognized by numerous state and national professional associations for her contributions in advancing NP practice within her state.

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